13th Annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Game

By: Kristen Kirby
By: Kristen Kirby

The 13th Annual BACF Football game hits the valley this Friday, showcasing all-star seniors from both sides of the river.

And while these players may be playing against each other, more importantly, they're working together for a good cause.

Besides being a great game and rivalry, the night is really all about trying to find a cure for a deadly disease.

Right now there is no cure cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that produces a think mucus which can clog the lungs and cause life threatening infections.

30,000 Americans have the disease and the life expectancy is only 30 years.

But, we met a young man half that age who plans on defying the odds.

"For fun, I like to go swimming and race my go cart, that's one of the things I really like to do, you know, hang out with friends," says Travis Flores.

Travis likes to do the things any 15-year-old likes to do, but sometimes that's hard for this Newport teen because he has cystic fibrosis.

"My life is different than normal 15-year-olds," he says. "The best way I can describe it is, I can't play basketball because I don't have the lungs to do it, where as normal kids probably could. And, it's harder to breathe during the night, some times CF kids have to wear oxygen."

And life can be different for the families of a CF patient as well.

"A parent with a child with cystic fibrosis always has to be concerned whether or not this is going to be the day his or her kid gets a cold, and its the start of many visits to the hospital or possibly worse," says Kay Grose, President BACF Board of Directors. "And, the only way we're going to be able to stop having that happen is if we find a way to cure this disease."

So, that's why Kay Grose helps organize the annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Game because all the proceeds go to finding a cure, which is something young Travis has high hopes will happen.

"You know when they do these things it's such a great feeling to know that people really care," he says. "I know they're going to find a cure because if they can get some one to go to the moon, then they'll have to find a way to cure this disease, and then everyone will be happy.

The game kicks off this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Warren High School, with the gates opening at 6:00 p.m..

You can get tickets at the gate or at any area Burger King from now until game-time!

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